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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
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Copyright: Janak Thanki (JT50) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 273 W: 6 N: 320] (1524)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-11
Categories: Nature
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-22 4:31
Viewed: 2352
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
To All TrekLens Friends and Members.
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Hydrangea common names (Hydrangea and Hortensia) is a genus of about 70-75 species of flowering plants native to southern and eastern Asia (China, Korea, Japan, the Himalayas, and Indonesia) and North and South America. By far the greatest species diversity is in eastern Asia, notably China, Korea, and Japan. Most are shrubs 1-3 m tall, but some are small trees, and others lianas reaching up to 30 m by climbing up trees. They can be either deciduous or evergreen, though the widely cultivated temperate species are all deciduous.

Having been introduced to the Azores Islands of Portugal, they are now very common there, particularly on Faial Island, which is known as the "blue island" due to the vast number of hydrangeas present on the island, and on Flores Island.

Species in the related genus Schizophragma, also in Hydrangeaceae, are also often known as hydrangeas. Schizophragma hydrangeoides and Hydrangea petiolaris are both commonly known as climbing hydrangeas.

There are two flower arrangements in hydrangeas. Mophead flowers are large round flowerheads resembling pom-poms or, as the name implies, the head of a mop. In contrast, lacecap flowers bear round, flat flowerheads with a center core of subdued, fertile flowers surrounded by outer rings of showy, sterile flowers.

Life cycle:

Hydrangea flowers are produced from early spring to late autumn; they grow in flowerheads (corymbs or panicles) at the ends of the stems. In many species,the flowerheads contain two types of flowers, small fertile flowers in the middle of the flowerhead, and large, sterile bract-like flowers in a ring around the edge of each flowerhead. Other species have all the flowers fertile and of the same size.

Colors and acidity:

In most species the flowers are white, but in some species (notably H. macrophylla), can be blue, red, pink, light purple, or dark purple. In these species the exact colour often mirrors the pH of the soil; acidic soils produce blue flowers, neutral soils produce very pale cream petals, and alkaline soils results in pink or purple. This is the caused by a color change of the flower pigments in the presence of aluminium ions which can be taken up into hyperaccumulating plants.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-12-22 4:39]

Hi Janek,
A very sharp macro of this pink spherical flower.
Great light and excellent details. Nice contrast with the blurred green BG.
The frame, maybe a little bit overdone!

A Merry Christmas to you and your beloved ones.

Francis Xavier

Hello Janek,

There is a wonderful glow in this hydrangea. My aunt Hortensia is named after this perennial blossom. Sharp and vivid, it is heartwarming. Happy holidays.


Hello Janek!
What a beautiful Hydrangea!and a nice card!
Perfect vivid colours and textured details!
Warm wishes for a Merry Christmas to you
and your family!
TFS Kostas

Buena imagen de hermoso color con gran definicion y encuadre
te deseo tambien una feliz navidad y prospero año nuevo
buen trabajo
un saludo

Thank you for you good wishes, Janak.
We dry the hydragea blossoms so that they can be enjoyed all the year round.

A fine capture, sharp and detailed with a fine dof.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Janak - Beautiful shot! Marry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, too!
Have a good day,

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2009-12-22 6:23]

Hi Janak,

Merry Christmas to you also. This is somewhat different for a holiday posting, but works well IMO. A very sharp and colorful macro, nicely done.

Best regards,

Hi Janak,

Great macro capture from Hydrangea flowers with perfect details! A suitable work for Christmas feelings, my friend!

The sharpness and POV are well done and the blurry BG adds great contrast to this lovely eye-catching flower.

best regards,

Thanks very much for your beautiful wish!
Great capture this lovely Hydrangea!

Hello Janak,

Excellent macro shot of these beautiful colorful flowers.
Great focus, POV/DOF, sharpness, light and colors.

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your beloved ones,

Hello Janak,

Wouah!! superbe macro, quelle netteté de cette fleur. La couleur est fantastique. J'adoooore.
Joyeuses fêtes de Noël avec beaucoup de joies autour de vous.


Hello Janak,

Crisp image, well captured details and good light. Dark BG works well here
Selahattin E

Lindo, lindo, lindo, querido Janak!
Cores maravilhosas dessa bela composição.
Show de imagem, meu amigo. Meus parabéns!

Grande abraço e um Feliz Natal :o)
Bruno Santana

Hi Janak,
Beautiful presentation of the Hydrangea flower,
Excellent POV. and details,
great colors and light,
nice contrast and well composed macro picture,
very well done.
Michel Have a Happy Holidays..

Hi Janak!

I think these are absolutely beautiful flowers. These flowers also look good in an art-form; it's a little twist I put on some photos, but I'm the only one who likes the look. :)

A very nice Christmas card to brighten my cold winterly day!

Do you get snow there?

A very Merry Christmas to you my friend!


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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-12-23 13:30]

Hi Janak
The details of the petals and its centers are nice and sharp
Excellent colors, good macro shot.
Greetings of the season.

Hi Janak,
What a stuniinig macro vith great colours and sharpness.Beautiful Christmas card.TFS.

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2009-12-24 11:13]

Hello Janak,

Wonderfull macro of the marvelous flower, great details and light. I wishes you a merry christmas on you and your family.
Excellent POV and sharpness.
Once again merry chrismas, my friend.

Ciao Janak, thanks for this fantastic flower, splendid colors, fine details and superb sharpness, very well done my friend, Merry Christmas to you and your family, ciao Silvio

  • Great 
  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-12-25 1:44]


Pareillement très joyeux noël, une merveilleus image, quelle fleur comme une grosse boule de noël, grandiose.

Merci et amitié


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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2009-12-25 6:56]

Hi Janak, I like everything about this post..!

Thanks for wishes, also, I like to wish you a
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year...!
Have nice and good time with your family.
Best regards,

Hi Janak!
excellent capture! very nice colors and light...
Merry Christmas!

best regards,

Lovely cluster of flowers here with good sharpness, Dof and colour/contrast. The frame is a bit...but great image nonetheless and TFS!


Hello Janak.
Lovely image, they really are a delightful subject. Excellent colour and superb detail. TFS,Best regards Siegfried

Many thanks for your wishes.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2009-12-28 14:58]

Hello Janek,
Splendid composition with an interesting play.
A special macro. I hope you received many beautiful gifts from Santa Claus.
Best regards,

Hello Janak! Amazing flower (or flowers?), excellent background, superb light and colours. Good exposure. Very good sharpness. Great effect. Good luck!

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2010-01-14 20:38]

Hi Janek

Hope that you had a fantastic Christmas & Happy New Year. A superb floral macro on the hydrangea flower, with good color, saturation, dof & sharpness. Tfs!

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